Sept. 24 Football Report: Niagara Generals: OUA roundup
The Niagara Generals bantam football team’s offensive line is shown in action. Photo by Joze McAlpine.
The Niagara Generals bantam football team saw its Ontario Football League record fall to 2-2 following a 66-24 loss to the unbeaten Branford Bisons (3-0-1).
Niagara opened the game by scoring on its first possession, but the Bisons responded immediately with a major of their own. On Niagara’s next possession, Brantford scored on a pick six and never looked back.
Leading the Niagara attack was Clayton Wilen, who scored three majors. Jayden Gurzi-MacDonald scored a single touchdown and Cole Haan and McRory Grant had standout games for Niagara.
“We had a rough week with injuries and sick players which made it very difficult to be ready for this game,” Niagara head coach Jim Storin said. “I take nothing away from what Brantford did, however, we will be ready and better going forward.”
Despite the loss, Storin saw a lot of positives from his team.
“We had a number of boys that gave their hearts for their team tonight,” he said. “We can build on that and be better next week.”
Niagara will host the Waterloo Predators Sunday at noon at Kiwainis Field.
In peewee action, the Niagara dropped a 36-6 decision to Burlington.
“In a hard fought, tiring game for my boys, we fell to a big, strong Burlington team,” Niagara head coach Bruce Macrae said. “All season we have been fighting low numbers and multiple injuries.”
Ezekiel Langedoen scored Niagara’s only touchdown, but the team’s backs were unable to move the ball despite the efforts of the Generals’ hard-working offensive line.
“I have a lot of faith in the boys being able to step up in the second half of this season with a lot of hard work and practice and return of a couple of key players,” Macrae said. “Our defence as a whole, made a couple of key tackles, just not enough to stop the strong Burlington offence.”
Western 9 Guelph 3
Cole Majoros (Lakeshore Catholic) had three catches for 27 yards and Jake Andrews (A.N. Myer) recorded two solo tackles and three assisted tackles to help Western triple Guelph 9-3 in Ontario University Athletics football action.
For Guelph, Jordan Terrio (Saint Paul) had four catches for 42 yards and Greg Corfield (Saint Paul) had two solo tackles and a sack for a loss of six yards.
Queen’s 37 Toronto 33
In Queen’s 37-33 victory over Toronto, Anthony Federico (Saint Michael) had three solo tackles and a pair of sacks.
Waterloo 34 Carleton 24
In Waterloo’s 34-24 victory over Carleton, Tre Ford (A.N. Myer) was 21-27 passing for 348 yards, including seven-yard, 68-yard, 45-yard and 17-yard TD passes. He also had 60 yards rushing on seven carries.
Also for Waterloo: Tyrell Ford (A.N. Myer), had one catch for seven yards, two kick returns for 25 yards, one punt return for 23 yards and four solo tackles; and, Rushon Dagelman (A.N. Myer) caught four passes for 44 yards
For Carleton, Josh Ferguson (Sir Winston Churchilll) had one catch for 22 yards and 0.5 tackles; and Sandor Mod (Notre Dame) had a solo tackle.